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No-Carve Stamps 



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No-Carve Stamps 

Written By: Jeromina Juan 



f TOOLS: 

• Brayer (1) 

• Ruler (1) 

• X-Acto knife (1) 



PARTS: 

• Plexiglass (1) 

• Caulking (1) 

• Paint (1) 



SUMMARY 

Ever wonder about the possibilities of designing your own stamps without having to carve 
anything? There is a simple way! You'll need one ordinary household object - silicone 
caulking. Yes, the one you use on your bathtub, sinks, and windows! 

With no carving to do at all, this task cannot be simpler. And the result? Clear stamps just 
like ones you buy at the craft stores, but made in any design and pattern you want, in any 
size. Here, I made some stamps in the style of vintage botanical designs, for summer. 



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• These botanical designs range 
between 4"-6" wide. The leaves are 
2"-3". But your designs can be any 
size you like. 



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• Cut the plexiglass and draw with 
the caulk. 

• Cut the plexiglass to the size you 
desire. You can cut plexiglass to 
size by scoring a straight line 
several times using an X-Acto knife 
and metal ruler, and then placing 
the plexiglass on a table with the 
score line over the edge and 
snapping it in one quick motion. 

• Hold the caulk tube vertical and tap 
it against a flat surface 8-10 times 
to remove any air bubbles. 

• Cut the tip of the tube with 
scissors. I usually cut about 1/8" 
away. Remember, the size of the 
hole on the tip of the tube will be 
the thickness of your lines, so cut 
cautiously! You can always cut a 
little more off, but once the tube is 
cut, you can't make the opening 
smaller again. 

• Place your design under a piece of 
plexiglass and trace over it with the 
caulk, making sure you are evenly 
squeezing the tube and all drawn 
ines are touching the plexiglass. 




The harder you squeeze the 
tube, the thicker your lines 
will be. In some designs, this might 
be a desirable effect. You might 
want to practice on some scrap 
paper or plexiglass before you start 
on your stamp. 



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• Let the caulking cure for 24 hours 
and then your stamp is ready. 



Step 4 — Paint. 




• On a sheet of plexiglass, squeeze 
a dollop of paint. Load the brayer 
with paint as you roll. 

• To create an ombre print, 
you will need to use two 
paint colors at the same time. 




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• Using your brayer, apply the paint 
on the stamp. 

• You will need to make 3 to 4 
passes to ensure all lines 
are covered. 




Step 6 — Print. 




Carefully press the stamp on your 
desired surface. 



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• If your design has other 
components, like this one does, 
repeat Step 4 to add them to your 
print. In this case, I'll add some 
leaves to my flower. 

• Create a beautiful botanical pattern! 





• Clean your stamps immediately 
after use by wiping the surface with 
a dampened paper towel and any 
small spaces with a dampened 
cotton swab. 

• Then, wash gently under running 
water with a little bit of soap. 



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• Creative Use Suggestions 

• Stamp your own designs and 
patterns on paper to create 
beautiful stationery. 

• Or on fabric to make your own 
floral-print clothes, tablecloths, and 
placemats. 

• Or accent a narrow wall in your 
home with your own stamped 
designs. 

• Of course, stamps can also be 
anything other than floral. Enjoy - 
the list is endless! 



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